Garmin inReach SOS Test with IERCC

Check out my 1st Garmin inReach SOS Test with IERCC and see if it went well or failed.

The SOS Setup

First, make sure you schedule your SOS setup far enough in advance and make sure you know how far in advance. With IERCC, they suggest you schedule the test at least 72 hours in advance.

IERCC Device Testing Information

Next, make sure you read the instructions at least once so you know in advance what you will need to do, and then go over it again the day of your test.

IERCC Test Instructions

Once you have your test set up, add it to your calendar so you don’t forget.

The Day of the SOS Test

Word of warning: It’s best to do the test when it’s not extremely cold outside. I inadvertently scheduled my test on the coldest day of this year in Colorado when it was “minus” 17 degrees (F).

The night before the test I made sure of my testing time, checked to see if my video equipment was ready to go and thought through the process and decided how much earlier I had to get up, as I also had to go to work after the test.

Alright, it was time to hit that BIG RED SOS button, and watch the countdown.

Garmin and IERCC SOS Test

Note: I was using my Garmin inReach Mini 2, that was synced to my Garmin Messenger App, that uses cellular service or satellite service. Communication is much faster when in cell service.

IERCC contacted me easily within 30 seconds and I was on the phone with them within a minute.

The IERCC talked with me about my location, verified my contacts and emergency information. They were very pleasant and professional.

Lastly, they stayed on the phone with me as I canceled the SOS call.

Cancelling the SOS Alert with IERCC

Final Thoughts

This was a quick and painless SOS test and I strongly recommend everyone tests their device before heading out on your outdoor adventure. It sure helped me feel more confident that the SOS works and how professional and responsive the IERCC team is.

Watch this YouTube video of the actual SOS field test.

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  • Navigate back to where you started by using TracBack routing
  • Share your location with loved ones back home at any time (active satellite subscription required) by using your MapShare page or with your coordinates embedded in your messages
  • Get accurate heading information using the digital compass — even when you’re not moving
  • Sync with the Garmin Explore app and website on your compatible smartphone for trip planning and topographical mapping, and create waypoints, courses, activities and collections you can sync to your device
  • Pair with Garmin devices, such as wearables and handhelds, and use them to send and receive messages and trigger an SOS (active satellite subscription required)

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